CAT Cutoff 2022: The conducting authorities range the cut offs for CAT admission 2022 to the IIMs range between 95-100 percentile for all categories. For General category students, the CAT cutoff 2022 percentile for top IIMs is expected to be around 98-100 percentile. In comparison, the cut offs could be lower for Reserved category students. However, for new and baby IIMs, the CAT cut offs will be comparatively lower for all categories. Further, the CAT cutoffs 2021 for all IIMs were in the 90 to 100 percentile range. Note that the CAT exam 2022 was the same difficulty level in 2020 and 2021. Therefore, the cutoffs stayed the same in the latter year.
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Difference Between CAT Cutoff 2022: Qualifying and Final
The table compares the CAT cutoff 2022 of the qualifying and final year.
|Qualifying CAT cutoff 2022||Final CAT cutoff 2022|
|Also referred to as the IIM eligibility cut off or IIM shortlist cut off, it is the minimum mark a candidate must score to be eligible for an interview call (for WAT/GD-PI round) from the IIMs.||Also referred to as IIM call cut offs, it is the minimum percentile score fixed by the IIMs for selecting candidates for the WAT/GD-PI round.|
|Meeting the qualifying cut off does not mean that the candidate will be selected for the WAT/GD-PI round.||Meeting the final CAT cut off does not mean that the candidate will be selected for admission.|
|The qualifying CAT cutoff 2022 is fixed before the announcement of CAT result.||The final cut off is fixed after the declaration of CAT result.|
|The qualifying CAT cut off percentiles are announced by each campus in their notification of admission criteria and selection process for that academic year.||The final CAT cut offs are not announced officially by any IIM or even other top MBA institutes.|
|The qualifying CAT cut offs remain above 90 percentile for all IIMs, exception being IIM Ahmedabad whose qualifying cut off has been 85 percentile in the past few years.||The final CAT cut offs remain as high as 99+ percentile for all top IIMs and 95+ percentile for new IIMs.|
|The qualifying CAT cut offs include sectional and overall cut offs.||The final CAT cut offs include sectional and overall cut offs.|
|The qualifying CAT cut off is fixed category wise. The cut off for General category students is high (90), while for reserved category students, it is low (70 and below).||The final CAT cut off is fixed category wise. For General category male students with engineering background, the final cut off is high as compared to reserved category students, female students and those with non-engineering background.|
Candidates must remember that the IIMs and top MBA colleges, such as FMS, SPJIMR, IMT, MICA, and more, release the qualifying CAT cut-offs for WAT-PI shortlisting before the CAT result 2022 announcement. However, they reveal the final CAT cut offs only after the result announcement or at the time of shortlisting post the personal interview. The qualifying CAT Cutoff 2022 is the minimum score criteria for MBA admission. Significantly, the qualifying CAT cut off varies for each IIM and forms the basis of the selection of candidates for the Written Ability Test and Personal Interview. Furthermore, the qualifying CAT 2022 cut offs for IIMs are expected to be between the 75-90 percentile.
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